North West Region

TV License De-criminalisation Plan Welcomed

TV License De-criminalisation Plan Welcomed

Mar 10, 2014

March 10, 2014 PRESS RELEASE  PLANS TO DE-CRIMINALISE TV LICENCE NON-PAYMENT WELCOMED Government plans to make non-payment of the TV licence fee no longer a criminal offence have been welcomed by local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall. “I welcome the fact that ministers are finally coming round to the common sense view that it is wrong to criminalise the non-payment of the licence fee. “This is a matter that UKIP Peer, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, has been pursuing for some time and last year he tabled a bill, which is awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords, to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee,” said Mr Nuttall, the party’s deputy leader. “Non-payment should be treated in the way that parking tickets are as it is absurd that the courts are being clogged up by such a minor offence. “Now that the Government has seen the wisdom of Lord Pearson’s proposal to make non-payment of the licence fee a civil offence, perhaps they will see the wisdom in the other part of his bill. “That calls for trustees of the BBC to be directly elected by the licence fee payers. A move that will also allow those elected trustees to appoint the Chairman and Director-General of the BBC, thus paving the way for wider and more balanced coverage of issues such as Britain’s relationship with the EU,” said Mr Nuttall. Currently anyone failing to pay the licence fee faces a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record. Those who refuse to pay any magistrates courts fines ultimately face jail.  In 2012 it was reported that more than 180,000 people appeared before the Magistrates Courts, accused of watching television without a valid £145.50 licence accounting for around 12 per cent of Magistrates...

Wirral Land Sale Protest

Wirral Land Sale Protest

Mar 10, 2014

March 9, 2014 PRESS RELEASE LAND SALE PROTEST MEETING Angry residents have held a protest meeting over plans by Wirral Borough Council to sell off two parcels of land. They are up in arms about the proposals to sell the land in Warwick Road and Royden Road, Upton and have so far collected 700 plus names on a petition. Geoff Caton, prospective UKIP councillor for Upton, said, “Local people feel very angry and let down about these plans and I have pledged to support them in their opposition. “I am told by the residents that these two parcels of land have been open land used by the local community on an every day basis as well as celebrating events including royal weddings for about 50 years. “People enjoy using these green open spaces and think it is totally wrong that their views are being ignored. The land in Royden Road has a price tag of £110,000 and the other wooded area has an asking price of £80,000. “When land came up for sale behind the community centre in Royden Road residents formed a trust to buy it and keep it as an open space and succeeded in raising the £35,000. But raising £190,000 would be an awfully big challenge,” said Geoff. “UKIP believe in referenda on major local issues such as this. That is real democracy and it is what local people want and deserve. “The fact that people took time out of their busy lives to hold a protest shows how strongly they feel and their determination not to let the council steam roller through their plans. We all understood that the council is under financial pressure but this is goes totally against public feeling,” he...

Fly The Flag For The Commonwealth

Fly The Flag For The Commonwealth

Mar 10, 2014

March 7, 2014 PRESS RELEASE  FLY THE FLAG FOR THE COMMONWEALTH Local MEP Paul Nuttall has urged all local authorities in the North West to fly the Commonwealth flag on Monday. “I know that it will be raised at several town halls and I want to urge other councils in the region to do the same to commemorate Commonwealth Day.    “Local authorities and public bodies are all to happy to fly the flag of the European Union, at the expense of our Union Flag or the flag of St George for fear of causing offence. “We must remember that our friends in the Commonwealth are our own kith and kin. We have a shared language, heritage and culture that far surpasses anything we share with continental Europe. “It saddens me that we continue to tie ourselves down to the only trading block in the world that remains terminally stagnant when we should be rekindling our relationship to a voluntary block that encompasses fast growing, emerging economies such as India, Malaysia and Nigeria. “I welcome marking Commonwealth Day with the flag flying ceremonies on Monday and I hope that this will become an annual event at every town hall in the land,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy...

Bolton Family-Friendly Proposals “Bizarre”

Bolton Family-Friendly Proposals “Bizarre”

Mar 10, 2014

Dear Editor, Whilst I welcome the announcement by a group consisting of Bolton Council, the police, local taxi firms and door staff that more work and co-operation is needed to ensure the town centre becomes more ‘family friendly’ in the evening, I fail to see how many of the proposals on the table will help. Proposals such as providing free drinking water and taxi marshalling to ensure visitors get home safely are, of course, positive measures but some don’t seem to make much sense at all. Suggestions for a minimum price of 75p per unit of alcohol for example, are simply ludicrous. The cost of beer and other alcoholic drinks in pubs and clubs already far exceeds this minimum as VAT and various other duties do their job of racking up the price. Meanwhile, suggestions for a town centre evening dress code are perhaps the most bizarre. Surely it is up to the individual pub or nightclub to decide on their own dress code? I understand that Bolton Council may have the best intentions in trying to make the town centre more pleasant in the evening but it must learn to accept that whilst supermarkets are able to sell alcohol at only a fraction of the price of pubs, they are waging a losing battle. Yours faithfully   Paul...

Knowsley M62 Switch-Off Wrong

Knowsley M62 Switch-Off Wrong

Mar 10, 2014

Dear Editor, I am very worried by Knowsley Council’s plans to switch off road lights between junctions 5 and 6 on the M62 starting this Friday for the purpose of ‘energy efficiencies, financial savings, and survey data over 12 months’. The council is putting the safety of motorists at risk by reducing drivers visibility. Renewed road markings and improved, reflective traffic signs are a welcome addition to this stretch of motorway but not if it is at the expense of over-the-road lighting that enables drivers to see the levels of traffic much further ahead. I would really like to know what sort of survey data they are intending to retrieve from this light switch off. I don’t suppose it has anything to do with proposals that could see speed limits cut from 70mph on some motorways including the M62? Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall, UKIP Merseyside...